The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is one of the world's leading environmental research centres and is responsible for the UK's national scientific activities in Antarctica. We are an institute of UK Research and Innovation - Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC).
Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica, and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and its impact.
Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how, BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure, help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. The UK is one of over thirty countries operating scientific research facilities in Antarctica.
In partnership with the University of Cambridge, BAS offers a PhD in Antarctic Studies. Students undertake a research project under a research scientist's joint supervision at the British Antarctic Survey and a University supervisor in a relevant partner Department. Students are usually based at BAS in Cambridge. Still, they will be registered for their degree at the University of Cambridge under one of the partnering departments: Archaeology & Anthropology, Land Economy, Plant Sciences, Zoology, Earth Sciences, Geography, and Scott Polar Research Institute, Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, or Chemistry.
Our eight Polar Science for Planet Earth teams consist of "Atmosphere, Ice & Climate", "Biodiversity, Evolution & Adaptation", "Ecosystems", "Geology & Geophysics", "Ice Dynamics & Palaeoclimate", "Palaeo Environments, Ice Sheets & Climate Change," "Polar Oceans" and "Space Weather & Atmosphere," covering a broad spectrum of science.
We welcome research inquiries from those working for first degrees or Masters in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and related subjects.
All research students registered at the British Antarctic Survey have a BAS supervisor and a University supervisor in a cognate department; progression and examination requirements are for research students in the partner department.